SONY announced that the PlayStation 4 will sell for £349 and give consumers the ability to use pre-owned games, whilst the Xbox will cost £429.
SONY gave Microsoft a bloody nose yesterday – unveiling a new console that’s £80 cheaper than the Xbox One.
Microsoft had announced their games machine would cost £429 when it launches in November just hours earlier.
But at the E3 electronics trade show in Los Angeles, Sony’s Welsh chief executive Andrew House gave the PlayStation 4 the edge in the console wars.
It will sell for £349 and won’t put restrictions on owners buying second-hand games or borrowing them from pals, while Microsoft will.
That could be the deciding factor in which console comes out on top in the £18billion-a-year industry.
Yesterday was gamers’ first full glimpse of the PS4.
Alex Simmons, UK editor of entertainment website IGN, said: “It looked fairly even until Sony gave Microsoft a bloody nose with their £349 price point for PlayStation 4 and reinforcing they would allow the sale of pre-owned games and not require a permanent online connection like their rivals.
“With both consoles offering similar technical specs, the £80 price difference and ability to buy cheaper pre-owned games might push die-hard Xbox fans to try PlayStation for the first time.”
The PS4’s specialist features will include giving independent gamers the ability to broadcast a live stream of their play, as well as being able to access films, TV shows and music.
Sony will also be developing cloud technology, allowing owners to play their old games from previous PlayStation models via the internet.
Among the first wave of games to be released alongside the console will be Killzone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club and Knack, with at least 80 more due in its first year.
- Sony finally shows what PlayStation 4 looks like (nbcnews.com)
- PlayStation 4 is £349 this Christmas – ‘no restrictions on used games’ (metro.co.uk)
- Sony mocks Microsoft with ‘PlayStation 4 used games instructional video’ (metro.co.uk)
- Xbox One And PS4 Battle It Out At E3 (irishnewsreview.net)
- It’s game on in the battle of the consoles as PS4 undercuts Xbox (thesun.co.uk)